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      Members of the 3rd District posing with Missouri Senator Roy Blunt

      Brothers and Sisters of the IAFF 2nd District,

      This past week has seen several events unfold at a national and local level that could potentially impact our lives . Between the announcement that Hillary Clinton will not face criminal charges, the very recent police killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, and the unspeakable tragedy that unfolded in Dallas resulting in the loss of at least five of our brother law enforcement officers…. and just yesterday the police officer being ambushed and shot in St. Louis County who remains in critical condition. The national news and in particular social media have exploded with people from all walks of life expressing very strong opinions on these situations.

      I ask that you keep the fallen, their families, and their co-worker in your thoughts and prayers, and I encourage you to see that these events represent a very real reason for us as first responders to remind ourselves that we are the government, and to people who feel oppressed and disenfranchised by the government, we represent the forces they believe are treating them unfairly. Across the country, Fire and EMS workers have increasingly become victims of violence, and events such as those that occurred this week only heighten the potential for that to occur.

      Many of our members have been expressing concerns and opinions on social media and in the firehouses/ambulance bases amongst our sisters and brothers. We all have a right to do that. It’s called freedom of speech – and it’s a right that every single one of us takes seriously. As we move forward, to make sure we all stay strong for each other and continue to display our professionalism, we want you to keep some things in mind.

      Remember that the IAFF is a family. Everyone we work with and everyone in our respective communities – the people who pay our salaries and who we put our lives on the line to protect – are also a part of our extended family.

      This broader family is made up of people of many races, colors, creeds, national origins, genders, sexual orientations, income levels and religions.

      And just as important as our right to free speech, every single one of us has the right to a safe and respectful workplace, and to be treated with respect.

      We also have a responsibility to be respectful to others at all times. It is crucial that, as leaders and as trusted protectors of our community, we make our display of respect universal. Nothing less is acceptable.

      Every single one of us has a role in this.

      Before you speak; before you talk to others in the community or to someone on the side during a call; before you post a comment or share a link on Facebook, or Twitter, or Instagram; think about the message you are sending (intentional or not). Because the photos, the cartoons and news articles with the political opinions, the info graphics you send around, are a reflection on not only you but on all of those with whom you serve.

      And as we all know too well, those who work against us, those who don’t like what we stand for, it takes just one mistake, one slip up, for them to grab hold and make a big deal out of something, no matter how small, unfair or out of context it may be. Yes, we are held at a higher standard.

      It’s a tough spot to be in, but it’s what every single one of us chose willingly when we signed up for this job.

      Because of the work all of you do every day, we have a very high standing within our communities. Overwhelmingly, the public holds us in high regard.

      To continue to be effective, to continue to hold the trust, to continue to be able to work to improve our lives and safety on the job, we need to maintain that standing.

      At the end of the day, we all share one thing in common – to ensure the safety of the public (and each other) we so proudly serve while doing the job we love. That’s what unites us. That’s what makes us strong. We all work side-by-side, everyday in life and death situations. And we all have a role in keeping our union and our ranks strong.  Please stay alert, familiar with your surroundings and lets continue to have each other’s back.


      Stay Safe

      In Solidarity,

      Mark Woolbright
      IAFF 2nd District Vice President

      The delegates who attended the annual Southern Federation of Professional Fire Fighters Conference which was held May 19-22, 2016 in Atlanta, GA unanimously endorsed this Collective Bargaining Resolution that was submitted by the Greater Kansas City Fire Fighters Local 42. 

      If your Local would like to be submitted as a Co-Sponsor of this Resolution please contact Tim Dupin via E-mail: tdupin@iaff42.org.  Please include your Local or Association Number and President with the authority to authorize sponsorship.  The deadline to be included as a sponsor shall be June 15, 2016. 

      If you have any questions or need further information please contact Tim Dupin at 816.516.4964.

      The Missouri Times, December 29, 2015

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters (MSCFF), the largest fire fighter union in the state, elected Sherwood Smith as their newest president Dec. 14.

      “It’s humbling, I appreciate it and I feel good about them having confidence in me,” Smith said.

      Smith has a long history as a fire fighter and as a leader in the firefighting community. He has served in the Kansas City, Missouri Fire Department for over 35 years and for 25 of those, he has been a captain. He has also earned the Medal of Bravery, the department’s second highest honor, twice, and he has been active in politics at both the local in Kansas City and working on campaigns for Noel Torpey, Sam Graves, Gov. Jay Nixon and Sen. Claire McCaskill.

      After losing an election for a seat in the Kansas City legislature in 2014, Smith will have a chance to influence policy and guide the over 6,000 volunteer members of his union at the state level.

      “We advocate for all first responders which includes prosecutors, EMS, nurses, fire fighters, so some of the things we’re looking for is things that affect public safety,” Smith said, making direct mention of Rep. Jeanie Lauer’s 911 legislation.

      “[It] makes sure that anyone with a mobile phone can dial 911, that’s probably one of our top priorities,” he said.

      Smith added that the upcoming session and the session to come in years ahead would offer a lot of opportunities for the union and that he was proud to be placed at the helm.

      “It’s going to be a big task,” Smith said. “We have a great team in place, and the previous president did a great job. But there are challenges still in front of us and I appreciate them having the confidence in me to think we can move to the next level.”

      The Delegates at the 50th IAFF Convention passed Resolution #23 "Our Good Name" which applies to the use of the IAFF Logo.

      This resolution condemns the act of ordering or applying this union’s good name in the form of the IAFF Logo, the letters IAFF or the words “International Association of Fire Fighters” to any piece of apparel or merchandise that is not UNION made, or is made outside of the United States of America or Canada.

      Union Shop Apparel is one of the only organizations within North America that fully complies with Resolution #23.  All of the employees at Union Shop Apparel are members of IUPAT Local 820.  We invite you to visit their website and checkout their new Online Store.  They specialize in Custom Embroidery and Silk Screening.


      What's New at MSCFF

      The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters is proud to introduce our newest communication tool; the UnionActive™ Mobile Application for Android, iOS Smartphones and Tablets. 

      This new technology works in concert with our website.  All this is required to use the Mobile App is to be a registered user with the MSCFF website.  We will soon provide all registered members a link to download the Mobile App via Google Play or iTunes Store thru our website Email system.

      If you are not currently a registered member we would like to encourage you to visit our website and register.  Once you have been approved you will have complete access to the latest information regarding Fire Fighter Issues within Missouri right in the palm of your hand.  Please allow 24 to 48 hours to be approved once you have registered.  

      Once you download the Mobile App, you will log into the application with the same User Name and Password that you established to access the MSCFF website.  From that point forward each time you launch the Mobile App you are already logged in and can access the Members Only Section of the website via the Mobile App.

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      August 25, 2016: Disaster Relief Efforts Continue for Members in Flood-Ravaged Louisiana
      08/25/16 - UPFFA
      Disaster Relief Efforts Continue for Members in Flood-Ravaged Louisiana On Tuesday, General President Harold Schaitberger was on the ground in Louisiana, visiting the flood-ravaged region and meeting with affected members in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. In St.
      RESCHEDULED Livonia Fire Department’s 75th Anniversary Community Celebration
      08/24/16 - IAFF Local 1164
      Disaster Relief Efforts Continue for Members in Flood-Ravaged Louisiana
      08/24/16 - IAFF Local 3472
      On Tuesday, General President Harold Schaitberger was on the ground in Louisiana, visiting the flood-ravaged region and meeting with affected members in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. In St.
      IAFF Behavioral Health Program
      08/24/16 - IAFF Local 3472
      Behavioral Health and Wellness in the Fire Service Traditionally, medical and physical fitness have been prioritized above emotional or behavioral fitness in the Fire Service.  However, it is clear from the aftermath of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and other disasters that these priorities are now changing.
      2016 IAFF Convention Videos
      08/23/16 - IAFF Local 135
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      08/23/16 - Kansas State Council of Fire Fighters
      Hamtramck Firefighters Haunted Fowling
      08/23/16 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
      Join the Hamtramck Firefighters on October 22, 2016 for a Halloween party you won’t forget – right here in Hamtramck! The Hamtramck Firefighters’ Haunted Fowling returns at Fowling Warehouse! Fowling is an enjoyable and lively game that combines elements of bowling, football, and horseshoes.
      NNFA Polo Order
      08/23/16 - Newport News Firefighter's Association
      We are ordering custom NNFA Polo Shirts from Elite Fire Apparel. The polo's are 5.11 Utility Polos for a full description and to order please go to the online store.
      Gun Raffle & Fund Raiser
      08/23/16 - IAFF Local 135
      Gun Raffle & Fund Raiser
      08/23/16 - IAFF Local 135
      Brother Brandon Anderson hospitalized at U of L after off duty accident
      08/22/16 - IAFF Local 4416
      The Sisters and Brothers are reaching out to assist Fishers Brother Anderson as he continues to be hospitalized in Louisville after an off duty motorcyle accident in Southern Indiana on August 12.
      General Secretary-Treasurer Ed Kelly Acceptance Speech
      08/22/16 - Randolph FireFighters IAFF Local 1268
      Help Needed Louisiana floods
      08/22/16 - Minnesota Professional Fire Fighters
      Concord Position
      08/22/16 - Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire
      IAFF 53rd Convention Opening Ceremonies
      08/22/16 - Randolph FireFighters IAFF Local 1268
      MDA National Ambassador Joe Akmakjian
      08/22/16 - Randolph FireFighters IAFF Local 1268
      General President Harold Schaitberger No Endorsement for POTUS
      08/22/16 - Randolph FireFighters IAFF Local 1268
      Urgent Request: Help Needed in Louisiana
      08/22/16 - Southern Federation of Professional Fire Fighters
      BC Contract
      08/22/16 - Oregon State Fire Fighters Council
      Donate to IAFF Disaster Relief Fund
      08/21/16 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
      The IAFF is on the ground and has established a command operations center to provide assistance – including financial relief through the IAFF Disaster Relief Fund – and to distribute clothing, water and other basic supplies to the almost 300 Local 557 members who lost their homes in the worst flooding disaster in Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
      Saints Game Supporting The Saint Paul Fire Foundation
      08/21/16 - Saint Paul Fire Foundation
      Firefighters Block Party Supporting Operation Warm
      08/21/16 - IAFF Local 21
      Schaitberger Re-Elected General President, Kelly Elected General Secretary-Treasurer
      08/21/16 - IAFF Local 2494
      Harold A. Schaitberger, who was re-elected today for the fifth time by acclamation at the IAFF 53rd Convention, will lead this union for another four years alongside newly elected General-Secretary Treasurer Edward Kelly, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts.
      EMS Regional Coordinator
      08/21/16 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
      The EMS Section has recently posted a position for EMS Regional Coordinator with the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI).  This position will work within the upper peninsula of Michigan to promote compliance with Michigan statute and rules related to EMS functions.
      "Patriot Day Blue Mass"
      08/21/16 - IAFF Local 312
      Help Needed for Our Brothers and Sisters in South Louisiana
      08/21/16 - Tennessee Professional Fire Fighters Association
      An urgent request for help in the flooding aftermath for our brothers and sisters in South Louisiana.
      IAFF 53rd Convention Concludes With Executive Board Elections
      08/21/16 - IAFF Local 2494
      On the final day of the IAFF 53rd Convention, delegates cast ballots in three contested elections. In the race for 1st District Vice President, Uniformed Firefighters Association of New York Local 94 Vice President James Slevin defeated incumbent WilliamRomaka by a vote of 13,419 to 1,609.
      Delegates Censure Eight Officials From Different Cities
      08/21/16 - IAFF Local 2494
      Delegates at the IAFF 53rd Convention in Las Vegas unanimously adopted eight resolutions to censure six fire chiefs, one deputy fire chief and one mayor for their anti-union, anti-fire fighter actions and views.
      Delegates Approve Resolutions to Resource Fire Departments and US&R Teams
      08/21/16 - IAFF Local 2494
      Ensuring that IAFF locals and members have the resources to do the job has always been a top priority for the IAFF. At the IAFF 53rd Convention, delegates passed resolutions 39 and 41 to make sure departments and Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) teams have the resources needed to respond safely and effectively.
      Delegates Resolve to Fight for Greater Resources to Combat Wildland Fires
      08/21/16 - IAFF Local 2494
      Delegates at the IAFF 53rd Convention unanimously approved two resolutions calling for greater attention, research and resources to support wildland fire fighting and Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) initiatives.
      Delegates Pass Resolutions to Reduce Cancer, Reaffirm Commitment to Behavioral Health
      08/21/16 - IAFF Local 2494
      Two important resolutions addressing the physical and behavioral health of members passed as delegates at the IAFF 53rd Convention finished up the final business session. Resolution 44 calls for the IAFF’s continued support for programs, initiatives and legislation that reduce cancer in the fire service and provide assistance to members fighting this disease.
      The IAFF is There for Fire Fighters
      08/21/16 - Southern Missouri Professional Fire Fighters
      PPFFA Ton Haines Education Conference Reminder
      08/20/16 - Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association
      Brothers and Sisters; Please be aware that the deadline for the Education Conference is September 7, 2016. The registration fee includes lodging at the Crowne Plaza for October 9th and 10th.
      Help Urgently needed in Baton Rouge
      08/20/16 - PFFA
      2016 IAFF Convention Resolution
      08/20/16 - Southern Federation of Professional Fire Fighters
      Brothers and Sisters:   This past weekend the delegates attending the Southern Federation of Professional Fire Fighters unanimously endorsed this Collective Bargaining Resolution. The Resolution shall be submitted by the Greater Kansas City Fire Fighters IAFF Local 42.
      Easton L0713 Coats for Kids Motorcycle Ride
      08/20/16 - Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association
      In cooperation with The Standard Modern American Bar & Restaurant & The 3rd & Ferry Fish Market, we will be holding our 2nd Annual Easton Firefighters Motorcycle Run to benefit our "Coats for Kids" program.  The ride will take place on Sunday, August 28th, in the circle in downtown Easton, kickstands up at 11:45.
      Special Olympics
      08/19/16 - IAFF Local 51
      Run With Local Law Enforcement to Support SOTX Athletes! Open to the Whole Community! Registration Now Open.
      Livonia Fire Department celebrates 75th anniversary
      08/19/16 - IAFF Local 1164
      Fighting fires was a personal affair for longtime Livonia firefighter Harold Hoyt. He and his family moved to and lived in Livonia Township well before it became the sprawling suburb it is today. He remembers a tragedy that happened well before the fire department formed in town. “Our house burned down here in 1934,” the current South Lyon resident said.
      2016 Fill the Boot
      08/19/16 - Newport News Firefighter's Association
      Fill the Boot is Saturday, August 27th! Start time is 10am. Locations: Jefferson Commons & Tech Center at Oyster Point. Please sign up below if you plan on participating. All participants are to check in at the Command Post which will be infront of Moe's in Jefferson Commons Shopping Center when they arrive.
      Fire displaces residents at Livonia home
      08/19/16 - IAFF Local 1164
      A fire that started in the bedroom of a home near Six Mile and Merriman left smoke damage throughout the house and displaced the residents. Livonia firefighters were called to a house fire at about 3 a.m. Tuesday morning in the 31500 block of Grove.
      Local 858 NFL Pick EM League is back!
      08/18/16 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
      Hello Again Brothers and Sisters! The 858 NFL Pick-em league is back.  It's fun and easy and anyone can play.  Entry is just $10 with 1 re-buy if you get knocked out for an additional $10.  All you have to do is pick 1 team each week to win it's game, each team can only be picked once.  That's pretty much it.
      Brother Ed Kelly Elected GST IAFF
      08/18/16 - Boston Fire Fighters
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      Funeral Services for Justin Beebe
      08/18/16 - Professional Fire Fighters of Vermont
      Funeral Services for Fallen Firefighter Justin Beebe Saturday August 27, 2016 1:00pm - 4:00pm Bellows Falls Union High School 406 Union High School Road Westminster VT Please contact 2DVP Ron Hubbard if attending rhubbard@pffv.
      Park View Little League Fundraiser
      08/18/16 - IAFF Local 2180
      Park View Little League will begin thier World Series games this Friday in Pennsylvania and will need all the support they can get. The travel cost for our Chula Vista players, coaches and parents will cost upwards of a $100,000. Chula Vista Firefighters will be allowed to purchase and wear Park Views "West" T-Shirts on duty for the next two weeks.
      August 17, 2016: Schaitberger Re-Elected General President, Kelly Elected General Secretary-Treasurer
      08/17/16 - UPFFA
      Schaitberger Re-Elected General President, Kelly Elected General Secretary-Treasurer Harold A. Schaitberger, who was re-elected today for the fifth time by acclamation at the IAFF 53rd Convention, will lead this union for another four years alongside newly elected General-Secretary Treasurer Edward Kelly, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts.
      Sunday, September 11, 2016: Ct. United Ride
      08/16/16 - UPFFA
      L30 NOTIFICATION
      08/16/16 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
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